Fast Five in Search – Week 33, 2014

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Today’s Fast Five is all about online education. Internet based training institutions and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have become exceedingly popular in the past 10 years. Anyone with an Internet connection can now learn anything online, 24 hours a day. Today, we share five (six!) of the most popular online learning web sites. Here we go:

Here’s this week’s Fast Five:

1) Udemy – describes itself as the world’s online learning marketplace, where 3 million+ students are taking over 18,000 courses in everything from programming to yoga to photography. Each course is taught by an expert instructor, all available on-demand, so students can learn at their own pace, on their own time, and on any device.

2) Khan Academy – is unique because they are a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better. They do this by providing a free world-class education for anyone, anywhere, completely free of charge.

3) Lynda.com – All memberships to Lynda include unlimited access to their online library of over 2,800 video courses. Lynda offers a variety of instructional courses for all levels, including technical skills, creative techniques and business strategies. Courses can be watched from your computer, tablet, or mobile device and you can create and save playlists of courses and even share them with friends.

4) iTunes U – So you thought iTunes was just to buy music and apps? Think again. iTunes U offers educational courses and provides a customized learning experience for both teacher and student. Teachers can create and manage their course and students can experience assignments, materials, and study notes all from the iTunes U app on iPad.

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5) MIT Open Courseware – MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. MIT OCW is open and available to the world and is constantly updated to reflect the MIT curriculum. The idea behind MIT OCW is for educators to improve courses and curricula, making their schools more effective, students to find additional resources to help them succeed and independent learners enrich their lives and use the content to tackle some of our world’s most difficult challenges, including sustainable development, climate change and cancer eradication.

BONUS! Search Engine College – No list of online education resources would be complete without mentioning our own ;-). Search Engine College offers online self-study and certification courses in SEO, Pay Per Click Advertising (Google AdWords / Bing Ads), Web Site Copywriting, Web Site Usability, Link Building and a range of other online marketing subjects. We have students in 65 countries worldwide, with courses available via any device, 24/7.

Happy studying!

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Search Engine College to Provide US $100 in Bing Ads Credit to Students

$100 advertising credit to spend on the Yahoo Bing Network

$100 ad credit for the Yahoo Bing Network

As part of our paid search advertising curriculum at Search Engine College, we walk students through the process of setting up a new Bing Ads advertising account and help them to structure their campaigns to achieve the maximum conversion potential across the Yahoo Bing search network.

With the assistance of Microsoft Advertising, we can now help new marketers apply this knowledge by providing the opportunity to work on a live advertising campaign of their very own.

After several weeks of discussions with staff from Microsoft Global Search and Display, we have managed to secure sponsorship for Search Engine College training courses in the form of US $100 in Bing Ads advertising credit for our students and subscribers.

Check out the official press release for the deets and it’s also up on PRWeb.

Subscribers can use the $100 credit to launch an actual Bing Ads campaign for their website or company, with helpful guidance along the way from our tutors.

Are you excited? We sure are!

To receive the credit voucher, you need to be a current Search Engine College student or subscriber (enrolled in at least 1 course) and be one of the first 200 people to request a voucher. If you’re not a current student, it’s simply a matter of signing up for a US $99 subscription to immediately qualify for your US $100 credit. Heck, that’s like us paying you $1 to join!

Once you have activated your student account, simply message me within the course area by clicking on my name and quoting *Free Bing Ads credit please* and I’ll email you the voucher and instructions. To activate the credit, simply follow the instructions in the email and in Lessons 5 and 6 of our PPC Starter Course.

See you in class!

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New Milestones for Search Engine College

SEC-smiley-150x178We’ve been busy bees at Search Engine College HQ this month, with lots of exciting milestones and a few developments in the pipeline.

First up – in line with our our push towards integrating more multi-media content and interactive learning materials, we have added over 30 new YouTube videos to our various training modules in the past few days. Existing students and subscribers can view the videos from within the course areas.

If that isn’t exciting enough already, we are also putting the finishing touches on our brand new Link Building Starter course which is getting ready to launch next week. The course contains the latest advice and guidance on link building in light of Google’s recent Panda, Penguin and Hummingbird algorithm changes and crack down on link networks. New and existing subscribers will be given access to this course for no additional charge. That’s right – access comes standard with all subscriptions.

If you’re not already a subscriber – what are you waiting for? You can sign up here.

In other news, we had our first ever student from Jamaica sign up yesterday, which means we now have Search Engine College students in 62 countries. How cool is that? See you in the virtual halls.

 

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Well Done to our SEO Advanced Graduates

On behalf of Search Engine College, I would like to offer congratulations to our latest round of Search Engine Optimization graduates for 2013.

Students named below have successfully completed our Search Engine Advanced course at Search Engine College and attained official certification status (requiring a passing grade of 70 percent or higher).

Search Engine Optimization 201

  • Christine Rokos
  • Sok Khann
  • Charles Downey
  • Heidi Couto
  • Meghan Jump
  • Nichole Gunn
  • Mary Milner
  • Jennifer Sacks
  • Diana Weaver
  • Nirav Patel
  • Bonnie Dalager
  • Alena Budnikova
  • James Kerce
  • Patrick Pflager
  • Natallia Pranevich
  • Adam Dilbeck
  • Rachel Ruple
  • Judith Perry
  • Robert Stevens
  • Christine Totten
  • Saul Godoy
  • Brett Wohlgemuth
  • Cheryl Hardy
  • Sarah Price
  • Andrea Taylor
  • Jose Capelo
  • Nadezda Khlynovskaya
  • Katherine Beckett
  • Linda Ng
  • Molly Frederick
  • Taylor Krentz
  • Brendan Holmes
  • Thomas O’Brien
  • Christina Bruns

Congratulations to you all! Please contact your tutor if you are still waiting to receive your hard copy certificate, Status Page or certification seal.

Also, don’t forget to fan of our Facebook page and follow our Twitter profile @secollege for College announcements such as lesson updates, press releases, new courses, events and milestones.

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Congratulations to our Paid Search Advertising 101 Graduates

Congrats to our latest dedicated graduates of Search Engine College for 2013.

Students named below have successfully completed our Pay Per Click Advertising course at Search Engine College and attained official certification status (requiring a passing grade of 70 percent or higher).


Pay Per Click Advertising 101

  • Sok Khann
  • Christine Rokos
  • Meghan Jump
  • Dalal Kanchar
  • Mary Milner
  • Cella Buciuman
  • Diana Weaver
  • Nirav Patel
  • Beth Varela
  • Brett Wohlgemuth
  • Bonnie Dalager
  • Cherish Moss
  • Artez Young
  • Shannon Wampler
  • Natallia Pranevich
  • Andrea Taylor
  • Ashley Washburn
  • Marek Straka
  • Linda Ng
  • Thomas O’Brien
  • Brendan Holmes
  • Christina Bruns
  • Stephen Johnson

Congrats to you all! Please contact your tutor if you are still waiting to receive your hard copy certificate, Status Page or certification seal.

Don’t forget to fan our Facebook page and follow our Twitter profile @secollege for College announcements such as lesson updates, press releases, new courses, events and milestones.

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